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Just looking at

http://www.tradingeconomics.com/japan/foreign-bond-investment

Wondering how can foreign bond investment be negative? You can have 0 investment, you can have positive investment, but how can value of investment be negative? Is it Bank of Japan buying back their own debt?

Edit: I get that it's a cash flow, but that doesn't explain the source of negative cash flows.

Why the down votes? I'm a newbie...

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    $\begingroup$ It's a flow, not a stock; like the difference between income and wealth. $\endgroup$ Feb 5, 2014 at 15:21

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There a likely multiple source of this indicator becoming negative in general. In this particular case this is probably related to the investment of Japanese monies in foreign bonds. Which in turn looks to be an effect of the quantitative easing by the Bank of Japan.

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  • $\begingroup$ I cannot up vote yet, but thank you for the link. That explains a lot. $\endgroup$
    – niken
    Feb 10, 2014 at 15:32

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